With the trade deadline and draft approaching, it’s worth looking at how A.J. Brown affects the Eagles’ plans for both
The “jalen hurts” is a five-star recruit from the class of 2020. The “A.J. Brown” is a big time prospect that has been linked to the Philadelphia Eagles for a while now. The future of the Eagles in the draft will be determined by what jalen hurts does with his recruitment process.
Finding an experienced wide receiver to pair with DeVonta Smith was one of the Philadelphia Eagles’ top priorities this summer. Last year, Quez Watkins, a 2020 sixth-round selection, proved himself as a reliable deep threat. He isn’t talented enough to be a consistent WR2, however.
The recent addition of Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal didn’t help matters much either. He’d be a better fit as a WR4 in a solid offense.
Robert Woods, Allen Robinson, Christian Kirk, Juju Smith-Schuster, and DeVante Parker were among the Eagles’ swung and missed targets. Unless Howie Roseman has a different strategy in the works, it seems like they’ll have to go back to the draft to locate a competent WR2.
Jalen Hurts, the Eagles’ quarterback, is courting Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown.
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As the WR market in the NFL continues to rise in value, it seems like Tennessee Titans WR A.J. Brown may become a victim. Because of the AFC’s intense competition, the Titans are on the verge of rebuilding. It’s possible that paying Brown $20 million or more every season isn’t in their best interests.
As a consequence, Brown’s name has been mentioned in trade speculations. Following their unsuccessful effort to sign Tyreek Hill, the New York Jets are allegedly intrigued. The Eagles’ pre-existing connection with Jalen Hurts, on the other hand, may force their way into the debate.
According to The Eagles Wire, Hurts has been gradually enticing Brown to join the Eagles through social media answers and remarks.
Hurts’ rumored internet attraction was exploited by Brown. It’s worth noting, though, that the two have a long-standing friendship that dates back to college. When Hurts was the starting quarterback for Alabama, he allegedly sought to persuade Brown to join the team.
Is A.J. Brown going to be a target for the Eagles?
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Although they have yet to reach an agreement, the Eagles have made it clear that they are ready to trade draft selections for a proven wide receiver this summer. Before he was banned for gambling, they allegedly had a deal in place for Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley.
With that in mind, it’s reasonable to suppose that the Eagles’ draft intentions would be altered once again if Brown were available. In this year’s draft, they have three first-round choices. Offering one to Brown seems to be a win-win situation for all parties.
On the other side, it’s conceivable that Brown will not be transferred and that the Titans will not renew his contract. As a consequence, he will be an unrestricted free agency in 2023. Howie Roseman and the Eagles may put off their desire for an experienced WR until 2023, when they’d be able to chase Brown without giving up any draft selections, if they’re still convinced on Hurts and he’s still vouching for Brown internally.
It is doubtful that Philadelphia will target another first-round wide receiver.
In the end, the Eagles’ continued interest in experienced receivers this offseason makes a first-round WR pick seem more implausible.
The front office has a certain kind of player in mind. They want someone who has worked with Smith before and can complement him. It’s identical to how they acquired Alshon Jeffrey in 2017, which helped them win the Super Bowl.
Perhaps the Eagles have fallen in love with a player in this year’s draft and are willing to invest a first-round pick on a wide out for the third year in a row. If their WR2 slot remains unfilled after the draft, it’s possible that it’s because A.J. Brown is on their want list.
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